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Lemurs chat only with their best friends

Ring-tailed lemurs groom each other to maintain relationships. A new study finds that the animals are even pickier about their relationships when vocalizations are involved. Image - Mathias Appel : Flickr

When you get a phone call or a text from a friend or acquaintance, how fast you respond — or whether you even bother to pick up your phone — often depends on the quality of the relationship you have with that person. If it’s your best friend or mom, you probably pick up right […]

Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life by Edward O Wilson – review

A newborn Kihansi spray toad clings to the back of an adult female at the Bronx Zoo in New York. The toad was last seen in the wild in 2004. Photograph: Julie Larsen Maher/AP

A newborn Kihansi spray toad clings to the back of an adult female at the Bronx Zoo in New York. The toad was last seen in the wild in 2004. Photograph: Julie Larsen Maher/AP In 2000, workers finished construction of a hydropower plant in Tanzania’s Udzungwa mountains. A giant reservoir was created by damming 90% […]

This Enormous Alligator Was Just Shot After It Supposedly Ate Cattle

"We're gonna need a bigger tractor." Photo Credit: Outwest Farms, Inc.

Nothing screams “welcome to Florida” like an alligator, and this monstrous creature is no exception. The alligator pictured above was shot at a farm outside of Okeechobee on Saturday, April 2, and is estimated to be at least 4.5 meters (15 feet) long. The alligator was so heavy, a tractor was required to move the […]

The cavefish Cryptotora thamicola: Fish Walks, Climbs Waterfalls Like a Salamander

The cavefish Cryptotora that climbs waterfalls. Photo Credit: NJIT

A species of cavefish in Thailand has been documented walking and climbing waterfalls in a manner similar to four-footed creatures such as salamanders, in a find researchers call “huge” in evolutionary terms. In a new study published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) scientists describe the behavior in the […]

In Japan, small shakes presage big quakes

Clusters of tiny earthquakes that happen every three years could help to signal when the next big one will hit Japan, researchers report in Science1. Small, subtle quakes happen in many places where a slab of sea floor dives beneath a continent, such as in the US Pacific Northwest or off the coast of Chile. […]

Baby golden monkey stunned by white-out in Chinese nature reserve

A lucky photographer caught this baby golden monkey gazing amazement at the surrounding blanket of snow as it sits in its mother's arms

An infant golden monkey gapes in incredulity as it looks around at the heavy snowfall which happened over night at the reserve it resides in, leaving the whole area blanketed in a gorgeous cold white frosting. The family of monkeys at the Dalongtan Golden Monkey Research Center in Shennongjia, in central China’s Hubei Province, played […]

Ants’ size and profession controlled by chemical tags on DNA

In Florida carpenter ants (Camponotus floridanus), most workers are either big, brawny majors (right) or small, active minors (left). These closely related sisters have different jobs because of different chemical tags on their DNA, researchers report. Image - SHELLEY BERGER LAB/PERELMAN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE/UNIV. OF PENNSYLVANIA

Chemical modifications to DNA determine what carpenter ants do for a living. Florida carpenter ant (Camponotus floridanus) workers have two main career paths. Around one-third of workers are big, brawny soldiers called majors. Most other workers are smaller food-seekers called minors. Majors and minors are closely related, but majors forage far less. This behavioral difference […]

EU scientists begin review of ban on pesticides linked to bee declines

Restrictions on the use of neonicotinoids - which were deemed in 2012 to pose an ‘unacceptable danger’ to bees - will remain in place while the review is carried out. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

Restrictions on the use of neonicotinoids – which were deemed in 2012 to pose an ‘unacceptable danger’ to bees – will remain in place while the review is carried out. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images The European Food Safety Authority (Efsa) has begun a review that could pave the way for rolling back a pioneering EU-wide […]

A Photographer’s Dive Into Palau’s Stunning Jellyfish Lake

Amber Tinged Cosmos | The Girl at Jellyfish Lake. Amber Arbucci Photography

Jellyfish Lake is one of a kind. It’s a place where 20 million non-stinging jellyfish roam freely alongside tourists and locals. From above, the 12-acre lake in Palau — a remote island nation 550 miles southeast of the Philippines — looks like any other lake. The water’s thick, brownish appearance doesn’t, at first glance, exactly […]

David Cameron urged to reconsider solar subsidy cuts following Paris climate deal

The British prime minister, David Cameron, goes over some paperwork prior to addressing world leaders at COP21. Photograph: Michel Euler/AP

The British prime minister, David Cameron, goes over some paperwork prior to addressing world leaders at COP21. Photograph: Michel Euler/AP The prime minister has been urged to intervene in planned cuts to solar powersubsidies as a response to the signing of the Paris agreement on climate change at the weekend. The Department of Energy and […]

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